We recognise the true potential in all people, welcoming everyone as valued members of our family. We actively contribute to a safe working environment built on respect for each other.

Our ambition is to build and develop a future-proof and diverse inclusive workforce. We aim to see women occupy a minimum 25% of senior leadership positions, and senior management teams comprise at least two different nationalities by 2030.

Contributes to United Nations SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

With almost 51,600 employees around the world, people are at the heart of our success. We want our workforce to feel highly engaged and reflect the diversity of the societies in which we operate. And we believe that diverse and inclusive teams better understand and reflect their customers and stakeholders, enhance business performance, and work more creatively and innovatively.

To ensure that SHV builds a reputation as a place where women can flourish, we have introduced the “Taking the Stage” development programme, designed to give female colleagues guidance on becoming more effective leaders, as well as support in combating biases.

‘Taking the Stage’ provides a unique environment for women to not only learn, but also to connect and network with other women within the organisation.

In 2020, 16 female colleagues, coming from all Groups and with different nationalities, trained as facilitators and subsequently went on to deliver the programme to over 140 women from SHV and its Groups. This is just the beginning, with the initiative set to expand during 2021 and beyond.

In terms of safe and healthy working conditions, our goal is aligned to the same SDG 8: zero fatalities or life changing injuries due to the failure of our plant, equipment, or safety management systems.

It is our ambition to ensure safe and healthy working conditions so that every single colleague returns home safe and sound every single day.

In line with our commitment to care for our people, we increased our focus on the area even further during 2020, making a concerted effort to join forces and work more closely together across the Groups. As part of this effort, the first ever global Health and Safety week was organised in which all Groups participated.

The initiative proved successful in both stressing the importance of safety and engaging colleagues to gain the know-how, the skills, and also the courage to flag any known issues. The week also incorporated a series of training and webinars, as well as more light-hearted activities.